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!1 ,Jill l L. II,RL[,LIuPaIIIIBIIIHBIBIWlImUmmReilP 4 - CAPE G, Friday, June 2 - June 8, 1995 Continued from page 3 over the past several months has been assembling Messick's notes on meetings held regarding Lewes zoning prior to his death. "She's done as much as she can do with- out getting back together with the committee," said Pratt, "so this meeting will serve to help us de- termine where we stand so we can begin moving forward again." Members of the committee, in ad- dition to Pratt, include Steen, City Manager Elaine Bisbee, Lewes Building Inspector Bill Massey, former Mayor John Adams, and Cliff Diver and Kim Ayvasian of the Long Range Planning Com- mittee. Lewes Mayor, Council plan executive session Lewes Mayor and City Council will meet for a closed session on Thursday, June 8 beginning at 7:30 p.m. The meeting has been set to discuss potential litigation. Lewes sets summer trash collection schedule The city of Lewes will begin twice a week trash collection on Monday, June 5. Monday's trash collection (beach and east side of city) will also take place on Thursdays while Tuesday's trash collection (west side of Lewes in- cluding Savannah Road, School Lane and Drake Knoll) will also take place on Fridays. Twice a week trash collection will contin- ue through Sept. 29, 1995. Bulk trash collection will take place the fourth Wednesday of each month thru the summer (June, July, Au- gust and September). Police investigating Second Street shoplifting Lewes Police Department Offi- cer Ed Sabo responded to the 100 and 200 blocks of Second Street for two shopliftings which oc- curred between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 27. Investiga- tion determined that jewelry and miscellaneous merchandise val- ued at $7,250 was removed by an unknown person or persons. In- vestigation is continuing. Lewes Police Department hires two new officers Lewes Police Chief Richard Stone announced this week that two new officers have been hired effective Monday, May 29. Michael J. Costello, 29, of Milton and formerly with Rehoboth Po- lice Department, and Garey L. Jump, 26, of Georgetown and for- merly with Milton Police Depart- ment, are now on active duty. Both officers are Delaware certi- fied and have approximately four years of police experience each. They were selected from about 73 applicants. Based on their train- ing and experience, Chief Stone befieves they will make immedi- ate positive conlributions. Harry Moore notes election similarities Harry Moore of Lewes was beaming recently when his son, Brent, won a seat on Cape Hen- iopen School Board. Harry served a number of terms on Cape Henlopen School Board begin- ning with his election in 1970. "It was exactly 25 years ago when I was elected to school board," said Moore, "and I was 40 years old, the same age Brent is now." Citizens Advisory Committee meets June 5 The Citizens Advisory Com- mittee for the Delaware Inland Bays Estuary Program will meet on Monday, June 5, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Rehoboth Sailing As- sociation, Route 1 just south of Dewey Beach. The meeting's agenda includes transition changes for the Citizens Advisory Committee; a discussion and vote on revised bylaws; a sta- res report on the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP); a signing ceremony for the CCMP; and a meeting of the board of directors for the Cen- ter for the Inland Bays. The meeting is open to the pub- lic. SCMHTA membership meeting set June 11 The Sussex County Mobile Home Tenants Association (SCMHTA) will hold a general membership meeting to which all mobile home residents are invited on Sunday, June 11, beginning at 2 p.m. at Oak Orchard-Riverdale American Legion Post 28, Route 24 near Oak Orchard. The meeting will include a leg- islative update; a review of pro- posed changes to the Delaware Mobile Home Lots and Leases Act; and membership informa- tion. In addition, there will be snacks, door prizes and a raffle. For more information, call 226- 1240. Resort, DNREC working on Lake Gerar algae The Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol (DNREC) and the City of Re- hoboth Beach are working togeth- er to test a new approach to con- trol nuisance algae in Lake Gerar. Large amounts of algae float to the surface of many Delaware ponds and reduce water quality, hinder boating and fishing, threat- en aquatic life and cause odors. Robin Tyler, an environmental scientist with DNREC, has stud- ied water quality in Delaware ponds and has identified a promis- ing new biological method to con- trol unwanted algae. The method, Nurture Biostimulation Technolo- gy, involves the application into the water of selected bacteria which are found in the natural en- vironment. These bacteria are known to rapidly use excess nutri- ents before they can he used by al- gae. Without an adequate source of nutrients, algae are unable to grow to nuisance levels. A pilot test of the effectiveness of the treatment will he performed this summer at Lake Gerar. DNREC looking for missing eyewitnesses The Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol (DNREC) staff are hoping to find several people who witnessed an incident several years ago in Cape Henlopen State Park near Lewes. The incident occurred on Sunday, Oct. 18, 1992 at about 5:30 p.m. on the beach. Three people were walking a small dog on the beach and were approached by park rangers because the dog was not on a leash. The group was interrupted by a woman who approached the group in a agitated manner. The three people, an elderly woman and a younger male and female, were present when the agitated woman was taken into custody. The arrest is the subject of con- tested allegations against park rangers that include false arrest. The three people can provide eye- witness accounts crucial to resolv- ing the matter. Anyone with information is asked to call the DNREC legal of- rice in Dover at 739-4636. Elkins says offensive shirts out of shop Steve Elkins, who publishes "Letters" from CAMP Rehoboth, reports that as of last weekend, the offensive T-shirts that were a top- ic of controversy in the latest edi- tion of his publication have been removed from the store. Sporting an anti-gay slogan, the shirts had been taken out of the front of the Rehoboth Avenue shop and moved to the back. But Elkins told his readers that as long as the shirts remained for sale the shop should not be patronized. Elkins said he is pleased with the response he received from the merchants. Silver Lake ouffall project nearly complete A project designed to reduce the potential for flooding from Re- hoboth's Silver Lake is nearly complete, according to officials with the Delaware Division of Soil and Water Conservation. Ac- cording to Robert Henry, an offi- cial with the division, crews have replaced the seaward most 140- foot section of pipe which helps drain Silver Lake into the Atlantic Ocean. Much of the pipe had de- teriorated and sand had built up covering the end of the ouffall and preventing water from draining from the lake. Cost of the project is estimated at $18,000. Rehoboth to consider Planners' requests The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners agreed at the Monday, May 29 workshop to further consider three requests from the Rehoboth Beach Plan- ning Commission presented that nighL The first, which would not Dennis Fomey photo Asbestos removed in Lewes Employees of Clean All Environment recently completed re- moving sheets of asbestos roofing from the former chicken plant building on the edge of Lewes. The building is being de- molished to make way for a new professional building being developed by Dr. Willis Boyd and John Lester of Lewes. The asbestos was hauled away for proper disposal require a public hearing, would merely substitute the word "may" for the word "shall" submit a sketch plat of a subdivision to the Planners in Sec. 17-8. The second concerns lot cover- age with Planner Richard Sargent explaining they merely want to close "some loopholes," that would allow, for instance, some- one to substitute driveway area for green space on a lot. While the zoning ordinance states that maxi- mum lot coverage in R-I(S) is 35 percent and 50 percent in R-1 and R-2, with maximum accessory structures of 10 percent of the lot, they want to avoid confusion by adding a clear stipulation that the maximum lot coverage including accessory structures he 35 percent in R-I(S) and 50 percent in R-1 and R-2 and maximum lot cover- age including these structures and sidewalks and driveways be 45 percent and 60 percent respective- ly. "As presently stated with a dri- veway and sidewalks someone could pave the entire property. We'd like to have essentially 40 percent left as green space," Sar- gent said. (This wouldn't include the public sidewalk at the curb.) He went on to note it would he up to the Long Range Plan to address what "green space" would in- elude. Such a change would require public hearings, as would the third request, which adds a new section stating "natural features such as trees, brooks, hilltops and views shall be preserved whenever pos- sible in building or expanding any structure," not only for subdivi- sions, where such a clause is in place, but also whenever a build- ing permit is issued for either a new structure or expansion. The four out of nine Planners who voted against recommending the provision change on lot cover- age are expected to present an op- posing viewpoint, but did not have it ready for the workshop. Planner Patty Derrick, who opposed the measure, said that Susan Freder- ick, building inspector, was not aware of the proposal and has concerns about enforcement. An opposing viewpoint is expected at the Friday, June 9 regular com- missioners meeting. City Solicitor Walt Speakman was asked to draw up proposed ordinances for consideration at that meeting for further discus- sion, although there were no as- surances they could he prepared by June 9. Hayes Memorial Service set June 3 in Rehoboth The City of Rehoboth Beach will hold a brief memorial service in memory of William Joseph Hayes at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand at 7:45 p.m., Saturday, June 3. Hayes began the summer con- cert series on the green in 1963 and each year under his direction the Bandstand concert schedule increased. The memorial service will be held prior to the performance of the U.S. Navy bluegrass band, Country Current, and the public is invited to attend. Rehoboth to consider body piercing law Rehoboth Beach Solicitor Walt Speakman is in the process of preparing an ordinance governing body piercing operations, having studied the one adopted by Wild- wood, N.J. "We also have a good tattoo parlor ordinance which has passed constitutional muster so I'm in- corporating body piercing into the tattoo ordinance," he said. Separate permits would be needed for either operation with "a lot of hoops to jump through" before they would he issued. The proposed ordinance will he on the Friday, June 9 commission- ers' agenda. Also on that agenda will be adoption of changes in regulations governing flood insurance which FEMA has advised must be for- really accepted; otherwise anyone seeking new flood insurance with- in Rehoboth Beach or additional flood insurance would be turned down. !1 ,Jill l L. II,RL[,LIuPaIIIIBIIIHBIBIWlImUmmReilP 4 - CAPE G, Friday, June 2 - June 8, 1995 Continued from page 3 over the past several months has been assembling Messick's notes on meetings held regarding Lewes zoning prior to his death. "She's done as much as she can do with- out getting back together with the committee," said Pratt, "so this meeting will serve to help us de- termine where we stand so we can begin moving forward again." Members of the committee, in ad- dition to Pratt, include Steen, City Manager Elaine Bisbee, Lewes Building Inspector Bill Massey, former Mayor John Adams, and Cliff Diver and Kim Ayvasian of the Long Range Planning Com- mittee. Lewes Mayor, Council plan executive session Lewes Mayor and City Council will meet for a closed session on Thursday, June 8 beginning at 7:30 p.m. The meeting has been set to discuss potential litigation. Lewes sets summer trash collection schedule The city of Lewes will begin twice a week trash collection on Monday, June 5. Monday's trash collection (beach and east side of city) will also take place on Thursdays while Tuesday's trash collection (west side of Lewes in- cluding Savannah Road, School Lane and Drake Knoll) will also take place on Fridays. Twice a week trash collection will contin- ue through Sept. 29, 1995. Bulk trash collection will take place the fourth Wednesday of each month thru the summer (June, July, Au- gust and September). Police investigating Second Street shoplifting Lewes Police Department Offi- cer Ed Sabo responded to the 100 and 200 blocks of Second Street for two shopliftings which oc- curred between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 27. Investiga- tion determined that jewelry and miscellaneous merchandise val- ued at $7,250 was removed by an unknown person or persons. In- vestigation is continuing. Lewes Police Department hires two new officers Lewes Police Chief Richard Stone announced this week that two new officers have been hired effective Monday, May 29. Michael J. Costello, 29, of Milton and formerly with Rehoboth Po- lice Department, and Garey L. Jump, 26, of Georgetown and for- merly with Milton Police Depart- ment, are now on active duty. Both officers are Delaware certi- fied and have approximately four years of police experience each. They were selected from about 73 applicants. Based on their train- ing and experience, Chief Stone befieves they will make immedi- ate positive conlributions. Harry Moore notes election similarities Harry Moore of Lewes was beaming recently when his son, Brent, won a seat on Cape Hen- iopen School Board. Harry served a number of terms on Cape Henlopen School Board begin- ning with his election in 1970. "It was exactly 25 years ago when I was elected to school board," said Moore, "and I was 40 years old, the same age Brent is now." Citizens Advisory Committee meets June 5 The Citizens Advisory Com- mittee for the Delaware Inland Bays Estuary Program will meet on Monday, June 5, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Rehoboth Sailing As- sociation, Route 1 just south of Dewey Beach. The meeting's agenda includes transition changes for the Citizens Advisory Committee; a discussion and vote on revised bylaws; a sta- res report on the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP); a signing ceremony for the CCMP; and a meeting of the board of directors for the Cen- ter for the Inland Bays. The meeting is open to the pub- lic. SCMHTA membership meeting set June 11 The Sussex County Mobile Home Tenants Association (SCMHTA) will hold a general membership meeting to which all mobile home residents are invited on Sunday, June 11, beginning at 2 p.m. at Oak Orchard-Riverdale American Legion Post 28, Route 24 near Oak Orchard. The meeting will include a leg- islative update; a review of pro- posed changes to the Delaware Mobile Home Lots and Leases Act; and membership informa- tion. In addition, there will be snacks, door prizes and a raffle. For more information, call 226- 1240. Resort, DNREC working on Lake Gerar algae The Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol (DNREC) and the City of Re- hoboth Beach are working togeth- er to test a new approach to con- trol nuisance algae in Lake Gerar. Large amounts of algae float to the surface of many Delaware ponds and reduce water quality, hinder boating and fishing, threat- en aquatic life and cause odors. Robin Tyler, an environmental scientist with DNREC, has stud- ied water quality in Delaware ponds and has identified a promis- ing new biological method to con- trol unwanted algae. The method, Nurture Biostimulation Technolo- gy, involves the application into the water of selected bacteria which are found in the natural en- vironment. These bacteria are known to rapidly use excess nutri- ents before they can he used by al- gae. Without an adequate source of nutrients, algae are unable to grow to nuisance levels. A pilot test of the effectiveness of the treatment will he performed this summer at Lake Gerar. DNREC looking for missing eyewitnesses The Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol (DNREC) staff are hoping to find several people who witnessed an incident several years ago in Cape Henlopen State Park near Lewes. The incident occurred on Sunday, Oct. 18, 1992 at about 5:30 p.m. on the beach. Three people were walking a small dog on the beach and were approached by park rangers because the dog was not on a leash. The group was interrupted by a woman who approached the group in a agitated manner. The three people, an elderly woman and a younger male and female, were present when the agitated woman was taken into custody. The arrest is the subject of con- tested allegations against park rangers that include false arrest. The three people can provide eye- witness accounts crucial to resolv- ing the matter. Anyone with information is asked to call the DNREC legal of- rice in Dover at 739-4636. Elkins says offensive shirts out of shop Steve Elkins, who publishes "Letters" from CAMP Rehoboth, reports that as of last weekend, the offensive T-shirts that were a top- ic of controversy in the latest edi- tion of his publication have been removed from the store. Sporting an anti-gay slogan, the shirts had been taken out of the front of the Rehoboth Avenue shop and moved to the back. But Elkins told his readers that as long as the shirts remained for sale the shop should not be patronized. Elkins said he is pleased with the response he received from the merchants. Silver Lake ouffall project nearly complete A project designed to reduce the potential for flooding from Re- hoboth's Silver Lake is nearly complete, according to officials with the Delaware Division of Soil and Water Conservation. Ac- cording to Robert Henry, an offi- cial with the division, crews have replaced the seaward most 140- foot section of pipe which helps drain Silver Lake into the Atlantic Ocean. Much of the pipe had de- teriorated and sand had built up covering the end of the ouffall and preventing water from draining from the lake. Cost of the project is estimated at $18,000. Rehoboth to consider Planners' requests The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners agreed at the Monday, May 29 workshop to further consider three requests from the Rehoboth Beach Plan- ning Commission presented that nighL The first, which would not Dennis Fomey photo Asbestos removed in Lewes Employees of Clean All Environment recently completed re- moving sheets of asbestos roofing from the former chicken plant building on the edge of Lewes. The building is being de- molished to make way for a new professional building being developed by Dr. Willis Boyd and John Lester of Lewes. The asbestos was hauled away for proper disposal require a public hearing, would merely substitute the word "may" for the word "shall" submit a sketch plat of a subdivision to the Planners in Sec. 17-8. The second concerns lot cover- age with Planner Richard Sargent explaining they merely want to close "some loopholes," that would allow, for instance, some- one to substitute driveway area for green space on a lot. While the zoning ordinance states that maxi- mum lot coverage in R-I(S) is 35 percent and 50 percent in R-1 and R-2, with maximum accessory structures of 10 percent of the lot, they want to avoid confusion by adding a clear stipulation that the maximum lot coverage including accessory structures he 35 percent in R-I(S) and 50 percent in R-1 and R-2 and maximum lot cover- age including these structures and sidewalks and driveways be 45 percent and 60 percent respective- ly. "As presently stated with a dri- veway and sidewalks someone could pave the entire property. We'd like to have essentially 40 percent left as green space," Sar- gent said. (This wouldn't include the public sidewalk at the curb.) He went on to note it would he up to the Long Range Plan to address what "green space" would in- elude. Such a change would require public hearings, as would the third request, which adds a new section stating "natural features such as trees, brooks, hilltops and views shall be preserved whenever pos- sible in building or expanding any structure," not only for subdivi- sions, where such a clause is in place, but also whenever a build- ing permit is issued for either a new structure or expansion. The four out of nine Planners who voted against recommending the provision change on lot cover- age are expected to present an op- posing viewpoint, but did not have it ready for the workshop. Planner Patty Derrick, who opposed the measure, said that Susan Freder- ick, building inspector, was not aware of the proposal and has concerns about enforcement. An opposing viewpoint is expected at the Friday, June 9 regular com- missioners meeting. City Solicitor Walt Speakman was asked to draw up proposed ordinances for consideration at that meeting for further discus- sion, although there were no as- surances they could he prepared by June 9. Hayes Memorial Service set June 3 in Rehoboth The City of Rehoboth Beach will hold a brief memorial service in memory of William Joseph Hayes at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand at 7:45 p.m., Saturday, June 3. Hayes began the summer con- cert series on the green in 1963 and each year under his direction the Bandstand concert schedule increased. The memorial service will be held prior to the performance of the U.S. Navy bluegrass band, Country Current, and the public is invited to attend. Rehoboth to consider body piercing law Rehoboth Beach Solicitor Walt Speakman is in the process of preparing an ordinance governing body piercing operations, having studied the one adopted by Wild- wood, N.J. "We also have a good tattoo parlor ordinance which has passed constitutional muster so I'm in- corporating body piercing into the tattoo ordinance," he said. Separate permits would be needed for either operation with "a lot of hoops to jump through" before they would he issued. The proposed ordinance will he on the Friday, June 9 commission- ers' agenda. Also on that agenda will be adoption of changes in regulations governing flood insurance which FEMA has advised must be for- really accepted; otherwise anyone seeking new flood insurance with- in Rehoboth Beach or additional flood insurance would be turned down.